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Lauren P. Pommert, MD, MS

  • Pediatric Oncologist, Leukemia/Lymphoma Program, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



As a pediatric oncologist, I specialize in the care of children, adolescents and young adults with hematologic malignancies and lymphoma, particularly those with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. My specific interest is in caring for patients with AML, relapsed or refractory AML, and in using comprehensive leukemia genetic data to aid in therapy selection.

Since I was a young child, I have always wanted to follow in my father's footsteps and become a physician. I enjoy taking care of patients with complex conditions across various locations in the hospital — from the outpatient clinic to the intensive care unit. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with patients and their families and to help them through their cancer journey and into survivorship.

Part of what drew me to oncology is the ability to care for the patient as a whole. My goal is to provide compassionate, cutting-edge cancer treatment, symptom management and psychological support to both my patients and their families, because the diagnosis of childhood cancer and its treatments effect the entire family. I strive to involve many specialized team members to provide comprehensive care and ensure the best possible quality of life while patients are on their treatment journey and after its completion.

I’ve received the following awards and recognitions:

  • John H. Gladney, MD Diversity Award, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2013
  • Rodney M. Coe Distinction in Community Service Award, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2013
  • Arthur E. McElfresh Award in Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2013
  • Award for Excellence in Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2016
  • Chief Fellow, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Marrow Transplant, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2018
  • First Place, 13th Annual Medical College of Wisconsin Fellow Research Day, 2019

With my research, I am trying to improve survival outcomes for patients with relapsed and refractory acute myeloid leukemia through the clinical investigation of novel therapeutic agents and new combinations of therapeutic agents. In addition to improving survival, I am also interested in decreasing the long-term toxicities associated with our current therapies.

I enjoy spending my free time outdoors with my family as well as cooking and cycling.

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Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome in the Setting of Asparaginase-associated Pancreatitis in 2 Pediatric Patients With Acute Leukemia. Scheuermann, A; Harker-Murray, P; Pommert, L. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2021.

Comparison of Severe Toxicities Following High Dose Methotrexate Administration By Demographics and over Time in Pediatric Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Miller, TP; DeGroote, NP; Pommert, L; Awoniyi, O; Board, S; Ugboh, N; Joshi, V; Ambrosino, N; Weisnicht, A; Hsiao, H; et al. Blood. 2021; 138:1970-1970.

Treatment of posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder with poor prognostic features in children and young adults: Short-course EPOCH regimens are safe and effective. Rubinstein, JD; Shah, R; Breese, EH; Burns, KC; Mangino, JL; Norris, RE; Lee, L; Mizukawa, B; O'Brien, MM; Phillips, CL; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2021; 68.

Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in Pediatric Oncology: A Global Public Health Crisis Threatening Our Children. Pommert, L; Tasian, SK. 2021; 18.

Novel germline TRAF3IP3 mutation in a dyad with familial acute B lymphoblastic leukemia. Pommert, L; Burns, R; Furumo, Q; Pulakanti, K; Brandt, J; Burke, MJ; Rao, S. Cancer reports.. 2021; 4.

Concurrent Imatinib Dosing With High-dose Methotrexate Leads to Acute Kidney Injury and Delayed Methotrexate Clearance in Pediatric Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome-positive B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pommert, L; Liberio, N; Ng, JS; Egelund, TA; Siver, MJ; Katzenstein, HM; Burke, MJ. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2021; 43:e296-e300.

Acute Leukemia in Infants. Ibrahimova, A; Pommert, L; Breese, EH. Current Oncology Reports. 2021; 23.

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy for marrow and extramedullary relapse of infant acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Moskop, A; Pommert, L; Thakrar, P; Talano, J; Phelan, R. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2021; 68.

Novel Therapies Potentially Available for Pediatric B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Harker-Murray, PD; Pommert, L; Barth, MJ. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN. 2020; 18:1125-1134.

Desensitization to pegaspargase in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoblastic lymphoma. August, KJ; Farooki, S; Fulbright, JM; August, A; Portnoy, JM; Pommert, L; Burke, MJ; Guest, EM. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2020; 67.

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